21 Leftover Turkey Recipes

Feeling stuffed after an epic Thanksgiving dinner? Don't toss those extras just yet! Here are 21 creative ways to maximize that leftover turkey.

Leftover Turkey Chili

"I used this recipe tonight for our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It tasted great and was so easy to make."


Turkey Panini With Cranberry Dressing

Thanks to its use of leftover turkey, stuffing, gravy AND cranberries, this pressed sandwich is the king of post-Thanksgiving dishes.

Leftover Turkey Gumbo

"We really enjoyed this gumbo. I'm going to make this for our leftover turkey every Thanksgiving from now on."

-Dr. Jenny

Turkey Tetrazzini

"I am so excited about this recipe! I made it for supper to help use up our leftover turkey and my husband loved it."

-Bonnie / Shortie Rishling

Turkey Club Squares

"These were fast, easy and the flavor was just wonderful. They were very filling too."


Turkey Pita Sandwich

"Tired of the same old turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving? Try this!"


Turkey, Cheddar & Cranberry Sandwich

"This sandwich is a great way to use up some Thanksgiving leftovers! It is delicious on grilled sourdough bread or a croissant."


Turkey Salad

"I used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving day and my husband devoured it so quickly, I barely got to try it!"


Roasted Garlic Turkey Burgers

"These burgers are so delicious. They are nice, moist and have such a great flavor."


Cheesy Rosemary Turkey Bake

"This was really good. It's such a great way to get rid of those turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving."


Turkey Barbecue Sandwich

"Similar to pork barbecue, this recipe is particularly easy because it starts with leftover turkey. Think of this as a 'turkey joe!'"

-Lorraine of AZ

Quick Turkey Pot Pie

"This is a yummy and easy way to use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! The Bisquick was a perfect crust substitute, and much quicker to make since I didn't have any premade crust on hand."

-Tiffiny #2

Turkey Noodle Soup

"This was such a good soup. I made it after Thanksgiving for my family. They raved about it — I got many compliments!"


Turkey Goulash

If you have leftover turkey and a kitchen cupboard, chances are you already have every ingredient on hand to make this comforting egg noodle dish.

Trina's Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

“I made this after thanksgiving for my boyfriend and I. What a great way to use all your leftovers, and it tastes delicious!”


Turkey Soup

"Fantastic! I will use this recipe over and over. I added leftover fresh thyme and sage from Thanksgiving."


Turkey Waldorf Sandwich

"This sandwich was spectacular! It was nice and crunchy, and the subtle flavor of the turkey really allowed the apple to stand out."


Turkey Marsala

"This dish uses leftover turkey, but still has the deep flavor that comes from using fresh poultry. Easy, economical and a great way to kick up holiday leftovers. My family begs for it!"


Club Pasta Salad

Instead of classic club sandwiches, use your leftover turkey to make this clever pasta salad. It's fast, easy and perfect for weekday lunches.

Creamy Turkey Soup

"Great soup! I made this with Thanksgiving leftovers and loved it so much that we made it again with chicken. And then I made it again with Christmas turkey leftovers. It's fabulous!"

- ...Myst...

Kentucky Hot Brown

"An impressive use of leftovers — and it's quick! This recipe is healthier than typical hot browns; we did not miss the butter in the cheese sauce. And don't skimp on the hot sauce!"